Ready, Steady, Write #21



Write about the Light

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3 Responses to “Ready, Steady, Write #21”

  1. Karen H.
    July 26, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    grey coastal Maine light surrounds me
    the old fridge softy purrs across the kitchen
    waves lap on the rocks
    and again

    a crow warns to a smaller bird to keep off his branch
    other islands are thin streaks of blue
    dividing the water from the sky
    all grey
    all soft
    and now the rain
    warm and quiet on the raspberry bushes
    in the grey of the light

  2. Melissa
    July 26, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    When I look at this picture, I think of the cliché, ‘a picture is worth 1,000 words.’ And I think we should rewrite the expression: ‘ A picture harbors 1,000 stories.’

    These boy monks look young. What are they thinking of? Do they imagine birthday wishes when they blow out the candle or do they meditate on impermanence? Maybe they don’t blow out the candles right away. Maybe they hold them in perfect stillness as they burn down, open their eyes when the heat licks their fingertips, and with a gentle ‘whoosh,’ extinguish theflame.
    The one in front looks a bit mischievous. He’s just a boy – does he dream of comic books and bicycle rides and football games with friends? The one in back looks older and more serious. Has he felt a strong and steady call, early in life, to the monastery? Does an ancient soul inhabit his young arms and legs?

    I wonder where they are. I wonder what each one would think, what each one would say if he came across this picture of his younger self as an adult. Would he look at it with envy, tenderness, nostalgia, detachment? 1,000 stories, I tell you.

  3. sandra
    July 26, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    candle shimmers sacred lighted faces
    hands of prayer God is not deaf

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